Teach Yourself to Sing
Singing well is mostly about three things — breathing correctly, strengthening and conditioning your vocal chords, and practicing consistently.
Most vocal teachers will begin your lessons by teaching you how to breathe the right way while you are singing, because breathing practice helps you learn how to control the strength and pitch of your singing voice. Most beginners try to sing from their throat, but trained singers sing from their belly — below the diaphragm. They have strengthened the muscles in their diaphragm and stomach wall so much that they can hold a note for a long time and with as much power as is needed.
To be able to do the same, try doing some exercises like the ones below every day. As you do them over the months, you’ll progressively notice you have better control of your breath and voice:
- Start by taking deep breaths. Inhale deeply, hold for a few seconds, and exhale (repeat several times).
- Use a small feather from a pillow and try to keep the feather afloat using only your breath. Try not to collapse your chest as you keep the feather in the air.
- Practice using your diaphragm to really emphasize the highs and lows of different notes and pitches.
- Breathing exercises for singers
- Practice hitting notes at different scales and pitches in order to warm up your voice. Just like every other muscle in your body, your vocal chords need to be strengthened and conditioned in order to improve over time.
- Find the range of your voice and know your limits. Knowing your range before you begin practicing is a good way to see improvement, and a good way to gauge what type of singer you’ll be. Voice range exercises
- Sing your vowels and emphasize each sound in each word that you are singing.
- Drink lots of water and stay hydrated. Drink lukewarm water before practicing, as this will loosen up your vocal chords.
- Practice consistently. Remember that your vocal chords are muscles that need to be conditioned over time in order to see results. Tips to improve your singing voice
Practicing recording yourself singing over songs. This way you can hear yourself hit the notes, breathe right, and add emotion to a song. Listening to these will let you know where you need more practice.
Ask for Feedback
After you feel you have improved enough, try practicing in front of an audience or a small crowd. Allow for feedback so you know which areas you should improve in.
Continue your breathing exercises in combination with vocal practice in order to increase your range. If you are looking for real improvement, you can hire a vocal coach who will be able to provide more insight on how to practice and how to sound better.